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Mandolin Lessons: June Apple

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Now we're gonna play little bit of June
Apple, great,
classic, old-time fiddle tune.
And I'll play it for you first and then
I'll break it down and
we'll go through it part by part.
But just to get it sound of it in your
head, here's June Apple.
Now we'll break it into little parts, and
I'll walk you through it bit by bit.
It's a great little tune.
It's in A, and it uses the A note, and the
G natural note.
So it's got that kind of bluesy sound.
With the flat 7, the G.
[COUGH] So here's the A part, one, two,
So it's 3 phrases, basically.
And the cool thing about this tune is the
first and
the second phrases are the same basically.
Your fingers are moving but the way your
right hand is playing is the same.
So, it's.
You're playing off of this A and G note.
And again,
these are pick up notes to the down beat.
So, it's one.
And two.
And one.
So, you're one is that high A note.
You're playing E and G to lead you to that
down beat.
One and two, one, two, one.
Now this is the same basic movement,
except you're playing the G and the F
I think of this is the second phrase, it
ends as the same way as the first phrase,
and then you go back and play the first
And now you play the tag.
So that's the whole A section.
And all of that repeats.
One, two, one, two.
One, two, one, two.
Now we go to the B section.
Again, it starts with pick up notes.
The E and the D.
Leading to the C sharp.
The C sharp is actually your strong down
So, it's one, two, one, and two.
that's the opening phrase and its got your
trill in it.
So again, the hand never stops.
What's all of these is a pull off,
you play the B with the down, C sharp with
the up.
Pull off the C sharp back to the B,
and you're coming down on the A.
So I would cycle that a couple of times to
get that nice.
It's a handy little turn that we
use in a lot of tunes.
So, going back to the top of the B
section, one and two.
this part is where the G chord and the D
chord happen.
So you're in kind of a G mode here, you're
playing out of the G position,
almost like the bluegrass G, even though
the songs in A,
we walk down to this position and the
melody comes out of it as well.
Oops, one more time.
And I would ask you to do the same thing,
if you flub a note, if you get one of
those, go back and grab it.
These upstrokes,
[SOUND] sometimes that's the hardest thing
in the world to do on a mandolin.
I don't know what it is.
It's the combination of the, [COUGH] there
being an upstroke and
you needing to lift the finger and get it
out the way so that the A string sounds.
[COUGH] something to think about is the
fingers, they go down onto the strings but
they also come off.
And sometimes people don't get them away
from the string quick enough for
that to sound, so you'll end up with.
You know?
You know the mute if you don't get your
finger out of the way.
So, think about the reverse motion of the
fingers as much as the downward.
And that's not to say that you're fingers
should be flying off the finger board like
that, but just a consciousness that,
that's going on.
So that's the next phrase.
Going then you go back to the first
Now the tag.
you slide from the fifth fret to the
seventh fret.
Some people will put a little shuffle
Or you can slide up to that E.
So there's the A and the B.
So now let's play it.
You play the melody along with the guitar.
And I'll, I'll just play rhythm for you.
So you'll have a nice little trio.
We'll see you playing the melody.
We'll have me on guitar and mandolin chop.
Here's June Apple again.
And I think it's 65.
A one, two, three.
B section.